Snoring is a problem many people experience, but few really know that it can be a sign of major health issues. More than 80 million people snore while sleeping in North America alone, and snoring doesn’t just affect the sleep of the person snoring, but it does the same to their loved ones as well. Fortunately, we have a way to treat chronic snoring.
Generally, snoring is caused when the muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth relax, causing the air passage to become smaller. This makes it more difficult for your breaths to get through the throat. Those that do cause vibrations when they pass over the soft tissues of the throat, making the snoring sound.
Other causes of snoring include:
- Consumption of alcohol
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Sleep aides and sedatives
- Too much body weight
The Mandibular Advancement Device
A Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) just might be the solution for anyone who suffers from snoring at night. Specially designed to keep the lower jaw in a forward position, the MAD keeps your airway passage open, so you can breathe more easily and get a full night’s sleep. There are other devices that keep the tongue from falling backwards, obstructing your windpipe. However, which device you will need depends on your condition.
Is a MAD comfortable?
Mandibular Advancement Devices are specially made to be comfortable, allowing you to sleep without noticing that you’re wearing one. It won’t keep you from breathing, and will in fact help you breathe more easily while stopping you from snoring, even if you have allergies or congestion. While you may experience a stiff jaw when you first start regularly wearing your device, this feeling is temporary and will disappear shortly after you remove the device.